Screen Junkies » Patrick Lussier http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:32:49 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Review: Drive Angry 3D http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-drive-angry-3d/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-drive-angry-3d/#comments Fri, 25 Feb 2011 18:40:52 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=29716 It’s like a whole movie of the bear suit scene from Wicker Man.

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Drive Angry is sleazy, vulgar and crass. The execution is seriously misguided, but I like the idea of it enough to carry me through. I’m like that, I’d rather see a cool idea fail than see something typical succeed technically. Offensive is better than mediocre.

Milton (Nicolas Cage) blasts some bad guys on the road in graphically 3D shots, so immediately you know it’s that kind of movie. Cage owns the screen with his Elvis-y swagger and hints of his Peggy Sue Got Married voice. When he sips coffee in between kisses he stole from a stranger, that’s action hero cool. He gets a wound to his eye, just wears sunglasses over it.

However, I would say that even in an exploitation movie, beating up a naked woman and throwing her onto the street is not okay. Even when the person delivering the beating is also a woman, that’s not okay. I’m all for outrageous, but you can just sense the tone is malicious there. And making the female lead a tough girl doesn’t make it feminist. It’s still just a male fantasy of the tough cookie.

Milton hooks up with the tough cookie Piper (Amber Heard), another waitress from that vulgar diner who’s leaving her cheating fiancé in his car. (The mistress is the recipient of above beating.) The Accountant (William Fichtner) is following Milton and you quickly get the hint that neither Milton nor the Accountant are from an earthly plane.

Between Milton and The Accountant you have spiritual characters talking shop. The film may not be mature enough to give them anything worthwhile to do, but I like the idea of having them in the movie. The script does a good job of discussing their business vaguely, and both actors bring a certain unreality to their body movements.

I was offended on behalf of Michael Davis when the film threw in a sex scene shootout, but it’ll be okay. Anyone who Googles “naked sex gunfight” will find the scene from Shoot ‘Em Up and see it’s way better. The difference is Davis clearly loves women and protects her in that scene. Drive Angry director Patrick Lussier uses her as a prop.

Drive Angry make Paul Verhoeven look like a feminist. There are lots more naked women but the film manages to make nudity ugly with the cultists jiggling in the background and the lover grinding on a fully clothed Milton. All the dialogue is tits, dick, balls in a gross, trailer park-y tone. Even the soundtrack sings about pussy in “Fuck the Pain Away.”

The pursuit is simple. Jonah King (Billy Burke) killed Milton’s daughter and wants to sacrifice his baby granddaughter to Satan. Yet the plot can’t handle it. The Accountant enlists two cops for absolutely no reason and they serve no purpose in the story. The action provides no fast-paced thrills. It’s all slow motion violence for 3D. Cage sells the gun poses but there’s no flow.

Just keep telling yourself, “Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage, Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage.” It’s like a whole movie of the bear suit scene from Wicker Man.

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‘Drive Angry 3D’ Somehow Garners Filmmakers More Work http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/drive-angry-3d-somehow-garners-filmmakers-more-work/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/drive-angry-3d-somehow-garners-filmmakers-more-work/#comments Thu, 24 Feb 2011 17:56:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=29572 While they are already slated to sh*t all over your memories of Hellraiser and Halloween, Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer don't show any signs that they will stop churning out unwatchable horror flicks.

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All the best directors work in the nude.

While they are already slated to shit all over your memories of Hellraiser and Halloween, Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer don’t show any signs that they will stop churning out unwatchable horror flicks. The team that gave audiences a headache with My Bloody Valentine 3D and Drive Angry 3D have two more in the pipeline.

First, there’s Circle of Silencea departure from the horror genre for the duo that centers around the still-unsolved real life murder of a police officer murdered in a Harlem mosque back in 1972. It’s filled with political intrigue that is sure to really pop in 3D.

Then there’s Already Dead (aka In Darkness), which I can’t help but be curious about. It’s a vampire movie/courtroom thriller. I like to imagine a courtroom full of all the vampire archetypes. Edward Cullen could play an intrepid young lawyer trying to shake a confession out of Gary Oldman‘s butt-haired dracula, which of course will lead to Dracula shouting, “You can’t handle the tooth!” Yeah, you groan now but I wouldn’t put it past these guys. They did think it would pass as funny to have characters named “Jason” and “Freddy” in My Bloody Valentine. (The Playlist)

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Amber Heard Looking All Kinds Of Fine In ‘Drive Angry’ Pics http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/amber-heard-looking-all-kinds-of-fine-in-drive-angry-pics/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/amber-heard-looking-all-kinds-of-fine-in-drive-angry-pics/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 18:10:26 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=17567 Check out this batch of 'Drive Angry' stills that focus on Amber Heard's performance as Attractive Girl Who Inexplicably Hangs Out with Nicolas Cage.

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In real life, really hot chicks ALWAYS inexplicably hang around crazy, blood-covered maniacs. They’re like sugar to them. That’s why Amber Heard‘s casting in Drive Angry should surprise no one. Check out this batch of stills from the film that focus on Amber Heard‘s performance as the attractive girl who hangs out with the crazy dude over twice her age. Looks pretty convincing. I’m convinced! (JoBlo)

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‘Drive Angry 3D’ Trailer Makes Good On Its Title http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/drive-angry-3d-trailer-makes-good-on-its-title/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/drive-angry-3d-trailer-makes-good-on-its-title/#comments Fri, 15 Oct 2010 00:02:05 +0000 Reza F. How you gonna mess with Nic Cage‘s hair like that?! Summit has dropped the trailer for Drive Angry 3D. Patrick Lussier directs Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, and David...

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How you gonna mess with Nic Cage‘s hair like that?!

Summit has dropped the trailer for Drive Angry 3D. Patrick Lussier directs Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, and David Morse in what looks like another Ghost Rider with a car standing in for a chopper.

Cage plays a guy who breaks out of hell (what? how? what?) to get revenge against the cult that killed his daughter and took her baby. William Fichtner is the Devil‘s right-hand-man sent to bring him back. I gotta say, it’s perfect casting with Fichtner. There’s something always twitchy with that guy. I could totally see him doing Satan’s bidding.

Drive Angry 3D crashes into theaters February 11, 2011.

Check out the trailer after the jump…


Drive Angry: Trailer – Watch more Movie Trailers

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Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard Need A New Radiator In ‘Drive Angry 3D’ Poster http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nicolas-cage-and-amber-heard-need-a-new-radiator-in-drive-angry-3d-poster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nicolas-cage-and-amber-heard-need-a-new-radiator-in-drive-angry-3d-poster/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Bad news about Hell, you guys. It's going to break loose. All of it. I know we've all been working hard to keep it intact, but unfortunately Nicolas Cage and his leadfoot have just angrily driven through all our well-laid plans. Very sorry. Why they chose this awkward interaction between Cage and Amber Heard for this Drive Angry poster is beyond me. She looks uncomfortable and he looks pissed. He must have tried to kiss her and she pulled away. Now he's driving her back to her parent's house. Also, what's with the flames? You'd better replace your radiator, bro. (ShockTilYouDrop)

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Bad news about Hell, you guys. It’s going to break loose. All of it. I know we’ve all been working hard to keep it intact, but unfortunately Nicolas Cage and his leadfoot have just angrily driven through all our well-laid plans. Very sorry.

Why they chose this awkward interaction between Cage and Amber Heard for this Drive Angry poster is beyond me. She looks uncomfortable and he looks pissed. He must have tried to kiss her and she pulled away. Now he’s driving her back to her parent’s house. Also, what’s with the flames? You’d better replace your radiator, bro. (ShockTilYouDrop)

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A Quick Look At ‘Drive Angry’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/a-quick-look-at-drive-angry/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/a-quick-look-at-drive-angry/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 In this brief trailer for Drive Angry 3D (Shot In 3D), a 3D Nicolas Cage is on a vengeance mission to hunt down and kill the agent who talked him into starring in The Sorcerer's Apprentice. We don't see much here except for bad dialogue and explosions. He hardly even drives angry. But have patience. Nicolas Cage won't be sticking a 3D sawed-off under the audience's nose until February, so there's still plenty of time between now and then to make this look less like a John Cena movie. Watch angry after the jump...

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In this brief trailer for Drive Angry 3D (Shot In 3D), a 3D Nicolas Cage is on a vengeance mission to hunt down and kill the agent who talked him into starring in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

We don’t see much here except for bad dialogue and explosions. He hardly even drives angry. But have patience. Nicolas Cage won’t be sticking a 3D sawed-off under the audience’s nose until February, so there’s still plenty of time between now and then to make this look less like a John Cena movie.

Watch angry after the jump…


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